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The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute

Materials from the Research Library, Getty Research Institute located in Los Angeles, CA. The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute includes books from the 1840s through the 1870s, which are illustrated primarily with salted paper prints or albumen prints. These were the first photographic media viable for publication purposes yet the production of such books was very labor-intensive: the images were printed individually from paper or glass negatives and then mounted manually onto the pages. Together, the pioneers of photography and the publishers of these innovative books used the new medium to experiment aesthetically, to showcase photography’s various capabilities such as accuracy of detail, and to disseminate the ever-expanding frontiers of knowledge—both geographically and scientifically.

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thomson, j. (john), 1837-1921
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albert, honoré paul joseph d', duc de luynes, 1802-1867
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frith, francis, author, photographer
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frith, francis, photographer
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garnier, charles, 1825-1898, architect
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johnson, william (civil servant), photographer
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The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Hillard, E. B. (Elias Brewster), 1825-1895, photographer; Griffiths, Harry S., printer; N.A. & R.A. Moore (Firm), publisher; Bingham & Dodd, lithographer
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Includes 6 albumen prints depicting Samuel Downing, Daniel Waldo, Lemuel Cook, Alexander Millener, William Hutchings and Adam Link
Topic: American Revolution (1775-1783)
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Fergusson, James, 1808-1886; Waterhouse, James S., 1842-1922, photographer; Griggs, William, 1832-1911, lithographer, photographer; Great Britain. India Office; W.H. Allen & Co., publisher; Eyre & Spottiswoode, printer
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Signatures: a⁶ A-2H⁴
Topics: Tree worship in art, Serpent worship in art, Art and mythology, Buddhist sculpture, Stupas,...
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Albert, Honoré Paul Joseph d', duc de Luynes, 1802-1867; Mauss, Ch; Sauvaire, Henri Joseph, b. 1831; Lartet, Louis, 1840-1899; Vignes, Louis, 1831-1896; Vogüé, Melchior, marquis de, 1829-1916; Bertrand, Arthus, fl. 1800-1857; Ciceri, Eugène, 1813-1890
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Publication date from preface
Topics: Geology, Geology
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Albert, Honoré Paul Joseph d', duc de Luynes, 1802-1867; Mauss, Ch; Sauvaire, Henri Joseph, b. 1831; Lartet, Louis, 1840-1899; Vignes, Louis, 1831-1896; Vogüé, Melchior, marquis de, 1829-1916; Bertrand, Arthus, fl. 1800-1857; Ciceri, Eugène, 1813-1890
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Publication date from preface
Topics: Geology, Geology
Illustrations: 223 collotype images on 96 plates
Topic: Costume
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Renaldi, Lorenzo. Nei solenni funerali di Maria Teresa di Toscana, archiduchessa d'Austria, regina-vedova di Sardegna celebrati nella chiesa metropolitana di Torino il XXVII febbraio MDCCCLV; Charvaz, André, 1793-1870. Discours prononcé aux funérailles solennelles de la reine de Sardaigne Marie Adélaïde, célébrées dans l"église métropolitaine de Turin le III mars MDCCCLV; Isnardi, Lorenzo. Nei solenni funerali di Sua Altezza Reale Ferdinando Maria di Savoia duca di Genova celebrati nella chiesa metropolitana di Torino il dì x di marzo MDCCLV orazione
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Cover title
Topics: Savoy, House of, Maria Teresa, Queen, consort of Charles Albert, King of Sardinia, 1801-1855, Maria...
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Albert, Honoré Paul Joseph d', duc de Luynes, 1802-1867; Mauss, Ch; Sauvaire, Henri Joseph, b. 1831; Lartet, Louis, 1840-1899; Vignes, Louis, 1831-1896; Vogüé, Melchior, marquis de, 1829-1916; Bertrand, Arthus, fl. 1800-1857; Ciceri, Eugène, 1813-1890
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Publication date from preface
Topics: Geology, Geology
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Laborde, Léon, marquis de, 1807-1869; Akerhielm, Anna Mȧnsdotter, 1642-1698; Renouard, Jules, publisher
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"Handlingar angaeende jungfru Akerhjelm" (including biography, correspondence and journal) in Swedish and French: v. 2, p. [256]-349
Sloan candidate
Topics: Pompeii (Extinct city), Vesuvius (Italy) -- Eruption, 79
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Annan, Thomas, -1887, photographer, publisher; Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum, host institution
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At haed of title: Under the auspices of the lord provost, magistrates, and town council of Glasgow
Topics: Portrait painting, Scottish, Portrait painting, English
Contains 50 original albumen prints
Topic: Photography
15 mounted albumen photographs (7 x 11 cm)
Topic: Architecture
Illustrations: 223 collotype images on 96 plates
Topic: Costume
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Páez, Ramón; Charles Scribner and Company, publisher
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Published later, with additional matter, under title: "Travels and adventures in South and Central America ..."
Illustrations: 223 collotype images on 96 plates
Topic: Costume
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Lassus, Jean Baptiste Antoine, 1807-1857, architect; Viollet-le-Duc, Eugène-Emmanuel, 1814-1879, architect; Celtibère, writer of added commentary; Hibon, Auguste, 1780-1857, engraver; Ribault, Auguste Louis François, active 1831-1865, engraver; Normand, Alfred Nicolas, 1822-1909, engraver; A. Morel (firm), publisher; Bisson frères, photographer; Imprimerie Lemercier et cie, lithographer
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Published earlier with title: Notre-Dame de Paris; recueil contenant 80 planches ... et une notice archéologique, où l'on recherche la nature, l'origine et la raison d'être de toutes les parties du monument, par Celtibère. Paris, Grim, 1853. Cf. Brunet, Manuel du libraire
Topics: Notre-Dame de Paris (Cathedral), Cathédrale Notre-Dame (Paris, France), Notre-Dame de Paris...
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Watson, J. Forbes (John Forbes), 1827-1892, author; India Museum; Great Britain. India Office, publisher; Eyre & Spottiswoode, printer
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Library's copy illustrated with 9 hand-coloured albumen prints
Topics: Textile industry, Textile fabrics, Costume
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Muybridge, Eadweard, 1830-1904; Muybridge, Eadweard, 1830-1904. Animal locomotion; Chapman and Hall, publisher; William Clowes and Sons, printer
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"Commenced 1872, completed 1885."
Topics: Animal locomotion, Photography of animals
Illustrations: 223 collotype images on 96 plates
Topic: Costume
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Bessent, Thomas; Stanesby, Samuel
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Plates printed in colors by Thomas Bessent
Topic: Illumination of books and manuscripts
Translation of: Stereoscope et la photographie stereoscopique
Topics: Stereoscope, Photography, Stereoscopic
Plates 1-3 are zincographic plans of Stonehenge. Plates 4-11 are mounted albumen photographs of Stonehenge. First unnumbered plate is a zincographic plan of Turusachan. Second unnumbered plate is a zinographic drawing of Turusachan. Plates [12]-15 are zincographic drawings of cromlechs in Ireland. The drawings were made on zinc by 2nd Corpl. W. Goodwin, R.E., after sketches by James. The plans may have been reproduced by photozincography, a technique in which James took an expert interest; see...
Topic: Cromlechs
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by Johnson, William (Civil servant), photographer; Johnson, W. J., publisher; Bolton and Barnitt (Firm), publisher
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Binding: gilt and blind tooled publisher's cloth
Topics: Ethnology, Caste, Portrait photography, Ethnology
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Blanquart-Evrard, Louis Désiré, 1802-1872
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Salt prints (Blanquart-Evrard process; ca. 24 x 18 cm. or smaller) mounted on rectos of leaves within printed gold borders. Sequence nos. 1-36 are printed in gold above, captions below. Most leaves have blind stamp with album title at foot
Topics: Art, Architecture
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Galton, Francis, Sir, 1822-1911
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Topics: Ability, Eugenics
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Garnier, Charles, 1825-1898, architect; Durandelle, Louis-Émile, 1839-1917, photographer; Librairie générale de l'Architecture et des travaux publics Ducher & Cie, publisher
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115 albumen photographs on letterpress mounts, each captioned: Durandelle, photographe. Each volume accompanied by a list of plates
Topics: Opéra de Paris, Decoration and ornament, Architectural, Architecture, Sculpture, French, Mural...
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Beresford Hope, A. J. B. (Alexander James Beresford), 1820-1887
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Contains 1 original photograph
Topics: Cathedrals, Cathedrals
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Price, Thomas, 1787-1848; Williams, Jane, 1806-1885
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Includes 3 calotype illustrations
Topics: Celtic philology, Welsh literature
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Laborde, Léon, marquis de, 1807-1869; Akerhielm, Anna Mȧnsdotter, 1642-1698; Renouard, Jules, publisher
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"Handlingar angaeende jungfru Akerhjelm" (including biography, correspondence and journal) in Swedish and French: v. 2, p. [256]-349
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Pugin, Augustus Welby Northmore, 1812-1852; Pugin, Edward Welby, 1834-1875, editor; Ayling, Stephen, photographer
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Illustrated chromolithographic title pages
Topics: Pugin, Augustus Welby Northmore, 1812-1852, Pugin, Augustus Welby Northmore, 1812-1852, Dessin...
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Price, Thomas, 1787-1848; Williams, Jane, 1806-1885
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Includes 3 calotype illustrations
Topics: Celtic philology, Welsh literature
Signatures: [A]⁸ B-4A⁸ 4B⁴
Topic: Bible
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by Frith, Francis, photographer
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37 photographs; most measure 23 x 16.5 cm. and are signed and/or dated in negative: "Frith 1857"
Topics: Pyramids -- Egypt -- Pictorial works, Pyramids, Egypt -- Pictorial works, Thebes (Egypt : Extinct...
Each leaf mounted with an albumen print, with lithographed caption on slip mounted beneath. Many are after paintings or other works of art
Topics: Jesuits, Costumes and clothes
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Catholic Church; Curmer, L. (Henri Léon), 1801-1870; Delaunay, Henri, 1804-1881; Wierix, Antonie, -1604; Wierix, Jan, 1549-approximately 1620; Wierix, Jeronimus, 1553-1619; Catholic Church. Liturgy. French
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Part of the illustrations, also a plate, in v. 3 are mounted photographs
Topics: Jesus Christ, Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint, Bible, Illumination of books and manuscripts, Decoration...
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by Frith, Francis, author, photographer; James S. Virtue (Firm), publisher
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Originally issued in parts to subscribers
Topic: Frith, Francis
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Frith, Francis, photographer
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37 photographs; most measure 23 x 16.5 cm. and are signed and/or dated in negative: "Frith 1857"
Topics: Pyramids -- Egypt -- Pictorial works, Pyramids, Egypt -- Pictorial works, Thebes (Egypt : Extinct...
Pierre Trémaux (1818-1895) was a French architect, photographer, traveler and writer of scientific and ethnographic texts. Beginning in 1847 he recorded his expeditions to Asia Minor, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia first in sketches and daguerreotypes and then in calotypes for greater veracity, all of which were also reproduced as lithographs in his publications
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Garnier, Charles, 1825-1898, architect; Durandelle, Louis-Émile, 1839-1917, photographer; Librairie générale de l'Architecture et des travaux publics Ducher & Cie, publisher
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115 albumen photographs on letterpress mounts, each captioned: Durandelle, photographe. Each volume accompanied by a list of plates
Topics: Opéra de Paris, Decoration and ornament, Architectural, Architecture, Sculpture, French, Mural...
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Leslie, Charles Robert, 1794-1859; Clarke, Harriet Ludlow, d. 1866; Williams, Samuel, 1788-1853; Cooper, James Davis, 1823-1904; Whymper, Josiah Wood, 1813-1903; Scharf, George, 1788-1860; Cozens, John Robert, 1752-1797; Girtin, Thomas, 1775-1802
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Plates by H.L. Clarke, S. Williams, J. Cooper, and J.W. Whymper; after G. Sharf, Cozens, and Girtin
Topics: Painting, Aesthetics
Plates are line lithographs by E. Beau after Durand, printed by Hangard-Maugé, Paris
Topics: Eglise Saint-Pierre (Chartres, France), Decoration and ornament, Architectural
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by Johnson, William (Civil servant), photographer; Johnson, W. J., publisher; Bolton and Barnitt (Firm), publisher
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Binding: gilt and blind tooled publisher's cloth
Topics: Ethnology, Caste, Portrait photography, Ethnology
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Reeve, Lovell, 1814-1865, editor; Edwards, Ernest, 1837-1903, photographer; Lovell Reeve & Co., publisher
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6 volumes published; v. 3-6 ed. by Edward Walford. Cf. British Museum Catalogue
Topics: Authors, English, Authors, English, Scientists, Scientists, Artists, Artists
Includes index
Topic: Photography
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616; Stanesbury, Samuel; Griffith & Farran
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Published in 1859. Cf. McLean
Topic: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
Text volume accompanied by a plate volume with photographic specimens illustrating the procedures described in the text
Topic: Photomechanical processes
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Delamotte, Philip H. (Philip Henry), 1821-1889
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Cover title: Delamotte's practice of photography
Topic: Photography
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by Pugin, Augustus Welby Northmore, 1812-1852; Pugin, Edward Welby, 1834-1875, editor; Ayling, Stephen, photographer
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Illustrated chromolithographic title pages
Topics: Pugin, Augustus Welby Northmore, 1812-1852, Pugin, Augustus Welby Northmore, 1812-1852, Dessin...
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Hudson, John, photographer; Duthie, Andrew, 19th cent., publisher; Simpkin, Marshall & Co., publisher; W.H. Smith & Son, publisher
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The illustrations are mounted albumen prints
Text volume accompanied by a plate volume with photographic specimens illustrating the procedures described in the text
Topic: Photomechanical processes
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882
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First edition published London, 1872
Topics: Expression, Emotions, Psychology, Comparative, Instinct
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Frith, Francis, author, photographer; James S. Virtue (Firm), publisher
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Originally issued in parts to subscribers
Topic: Frith, Francis
The plates consist of 4 folding letterpress genealogical tables and [78] mounted photographs (albumen prints)
Topics: Romanov, House of, Romanov, House of, Zimniĭ dvoret︠s︡ (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Contains 4 albumen prints
Topics: Church decoration and ornament, Church decoration and ornament, Christmas decorations
Includes index
Topics: Photography, Photochemistry, Photography
Advertisements: 3 pages at end
Topics: Photography, Photography
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Himes, Charles F. (Charles Francis), 1838-1918, author
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Topics: Photography, Photography of leaves, Photography of leaves
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by Woodward, Joseph Janvier, 1833-1884; Army Medical Museum (U.S.)
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Cover title
Topics: Diatoms, Insects
Frontispiece and leaf corresponding to first [2] p. are tipped-in
Topic: Photography
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Duchenne, G.-B. (Guillaume-Benjamin), 1806-1875, author, photographer
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Photographs signed: Duchenne (de Boulogne), phot
Topics: Physiognomy, Facial expression, Face, Electrophysiology, Medical photography, Electrophysiology,...
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by Scott, Walter, 1771-1832; Wilson, G. W.George Washington, 1823-1893
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Contains 12 leaves with mounted albumen prints
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Walker, James P. (James Perkins), 1829-1868
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The plates are mounted photographs of engravings of Raphael's Madonnas, executed by various engravers
Topics: Raphael, 1483-1520, Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint, Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint, Christian art and...
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Andersen, H. C. (Hans Christian), 1805-1875; Howitt, Mary (Mary Botham), 1799-1888, translator; Ward, Lock, & Tyler, publisher
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Date of publication from preface
Topic: Andersen, H. C. (Hans Christian), 1805-1875
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by Poncet, Jean-Baptiste, 1827-1901
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Illustration: original mounted albumen print photograph of the artist
Topic: Flandrin, Hippolyte, 1809-1864
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864
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Contains albumen photographs, number varies: library's special collections c.1 has 30 photographs; c.2 has 59 photographs; c.3 has 82 photographs and is issued in 2 separate vols.; c.4 has 8 photographs; c.5 has 60 photographs. Art in Fiction collection c.1 has no photographs and is issued in 2 separate vols
Topic: Art
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Bary, A. de (Anton), 1831-1888; Grimm, Jul
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Included are Peronospora, Erysiphe, etc
Topics: Plant anatomy, Histology, genealogy
Illustrated with three mounted photographs
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by Luynes, Honoré d'Albert, duc de, 1802-1867; Mauss, Ch; Sauvaire, Henri Joseph, b. 1831; Lartet, Louis, 1840-1899; Vignes, Louis, 1831-1896; Vogüé, Melchior, marquis de, 1829-1916; Bertrand, Arthus, fl. 1800-1857; Ciceri, Eugène, 1813-1890
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Publication date from preface
Topics: Geology, Geology
The Photography Incunabula Collection at the Getty Research Institute
by Cramb, John, photographer; Buchanan, Robert, 1802-1875, writer of added commentary
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The plates are albumen prints
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by Hope, Theodore C., Sir, 1831-1915; Arnoux, H; Lindley & Warren
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The Lindley & Warren photographs are albumen prints of buildings in India's Gujarat region
Topics: Architecture, Railroads
Includes index
Topics: Photomicrography, Microphotography, Photomicrography
15 mounted photographs (9 x 7 cm.) by Ernest Edwards
Topics: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616, Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616, Dramatists, English
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by Barry, Patrick
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by Hardy, A. (Alfred), 1811-1893, author; Montméja, A. de, 1841- photographer
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Includes 49 original photographs, some of which are hand colored. The photography is by A. de Montméja
Topics: Skin, Dermatology, Medical photography, Skin Diseases, Skin